Thursday, April 30, 2009

JIPAF - JIFF - Jeonju International Performance Art Festival - May 2,3

In conjunction with the annual Jeonju Film Festival, See : JIFF blog post , there will be an outdoor performance art festival.

Date: Sat. May 2 from 1pm in the Jeonju Cinema Street, Sunday May 3 from 2pm.
More info: Mr Shim Hong jae (Korean and English) 011-680-7636
Website (English): for schedule, transport details etc.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Exhibitions at Sejong Center, Seoul - April to May 24, 2009

1. Art Garden - dynamic
[ Art Garden – Dynamic ] is going to be held for the first time in Sejong Center. The exhibition consists of artworks that their lines and dimensions contain dynamic factors, which are accompanying the movement made by ‘motor,’ ‘wind,’ and ‘manpower.’
The fundamental spirit of such an exhibition originated from the idea of fund and sympathy, in addition to the basic idea of the harmony of artwork and environment in public place.
In other words, it is the exhibition, where viewers get out of the one-sided sensual dimension, and where the mutual sympathy among the artworks, the space, and the viewers, exists, and the objects and participants join the flow of time and the change of nature within the given environment.
Dates: Tues - Sundays until 2009.05.17 (Sun)

2. The Art of Our Age, CARTOON Exhibition

Place: Gwanghwarang at Sejong Center
Dates: May 1 (Fri.)~May 24 (Sun.)
Times: 10:00 a.m. ~ 7:00 p.m. (Closed on Monday)
Cost: no information provided
Tel: 02)399-1154
Website (in English) :
Location: In Gwanhwamun, Central Seoul. Close to Gwanghwamun subway station (Line 5 , purple line). Visit website for full details of bus, subway and parking directions.

2009 Seoul Jazz festival 14th ~ 17th May

What: 2009 Seoul Jazz festival
Venue: Sejong Performing Arts center, Grand Theatre, Gwanghwamun, Central Seoul
Dates: 14th ~ 17th May
Line-up: Omar Sosa and Incognito will open on May 14, The Swell Season (from the musical film "Once") on May 15, 16 and many more musicians to participate in the festival . May 17 is a 'Funky groove' night featuring "Common Ground". See festival website for full program.
Tickets: \110,000 (R seats) / \88,000 (S seats)
\77,000 (A seats)/ \55,000 (B seats)
\44,000 (C seats)

General Description:

The freedom of Jazz music leads to peaceful Seoul….

A touching stage with a beautiful sound created by the world’s best musicians
A prestigious music festival held in downtown city along with the sweet scent of wine

Seoul Jazz Festival opens on May 14, 2009

2009 Seoul Jazz Festival that has emerged as one of representative music festivals in Korea will be held in Sejong Center for 4 days from May 14.
Seoul Jazz Festival was inaugurated in 2007 with performances presented by world-renowned artists including the greatest fusion jazz artist Pat Metheny, Joe Sample and Randy Crawford differentiating itself from other music festivals. The 2ndSeoul Jazz Festival invited many idiomatic musicians including Crusaders, Incognito, Chris Botti and Nouvelle Vague and presented performances in a different theme every day embracing music fans from all walks of life.

The 3rd Seoul Jazz Festival held in 2009 will be more popular and diversified than the last two festivals and will further push for popularization of jazz music.
See Sejong Center website(click English, and then Performance/exhibition):

You can get more info. here and see the program at the Jazz festival website (although English page gives 404 error):

Location and Transport:
Address: 81-3, Sejong-no Chongno-gu, Seoul, 서울 110-821
Closest subway: Line 5 -Purple Line Gwanghwamun subway exit 8 or 1. See map.

Opening -Julian Opie Exhibition, 29 April - 31 May, Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Julian Opie (born 1958) is a leading contemporary English artist, who uses computerised imagery. He is a former trustee of the Tate Gallery. He is having a solo exhibition at Kukje Gallery, located near Gyeongbok Palace. Visit or call (02) 733-8449.
Artist's website:

Opening reception 29 April from 5 to 7PM

Hours: Monday~Saturday : 10 am - 6 pm / Sunday, National holidays : 10 am - 5 pm

Getting There:
Subway: No.3 line(Orange) Anguk Station or Kyungbok Palace Station 10-15 min, walk from Subway Station. Opposite the national Folk Museum.

Buddha's birthday festivals, exhibitions etc. April 25 - May 5, Seoul

For all events : See website for full details in English:

Lantern Parade
The parade of lanterns illuminates the world and our minds!
Dragon Lanterns, Pagoda Lanterns, White Elephant Lanterns, Phoenix Lanterns, Lotus Lanterns, each and every one displaying its beauty. With dozens of large floats and some 100,000 individual lanterns, the parade offers a breathtaking experience, turning the streets of Seoul into a sea of lanterns.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 7:00 pm ~ 9:30 pm
Jongno from Heunginjimun(Dongdaemun) to Jogye-sa Temple
Subway Lines # 1, 3, 5: Jongno 3ga Station; Line #3: Jonggak Station; Line #5: Jongno 5ga Station

Buddhist Street Festival
Craft your own lantern, savor temple food, make a sutra rubbing from a woodblock, enjoy a traditional Buddhist song and dance performances, and take part in traditional games handed down from our ancestors. The Buddhist Street Festival is brimming with the best that Korean Buddhism and traditional culture has to offer.

Sunday, April 26th, 2009 12:00 noon ~ 7:00 pm
The street in front of Jogyesa Temple
Subway Line #1 - Jonggak Station; Line #3 - Anguk Station

Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns
A site overflowing with traditional beauty!
Here you can experience the beauty of Korean traditional art and culture, as light, traditional paper, and magnificently colored patterns come together in the perfect harmony of the traditional Korean lantern.

Friday, April 24th, 2009 ~ Wednesday, May 5th
Bongeunsa Temple, Samseongdong
Subway Line #2 - Samseong Station
See website for full details in English:

Daedong Celebration of Unity and Hope
A joyous night under the flower-petal rain!
We all come together as one, singing and dancing under a shower of pink lotus petals.

Sunday, May 4th, 9:30 pm ~ 11:00 pm
Jonggak Intersection (Subway Line #1 - Jonggak Station)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Exhibition opening at National Art Studio, Changdong April 30 - May 10, 2009

Title: Exhibition of the 7th Short-term resident artists, Changdong Art Studio
ㅇ Artists: Timmy Graham, Anna Daniell & Sverre Strandberg and Youngkyun Kim
ㅇ Host: The National Art Studio, Changdong
ㅇ Support: The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
ㅇ Period: 30 April - 10 May, 2009 (10am - 6pm)
ㅇ Opening Reception: Thursday, 30 April, 2009 6pm
ㅇ Place: Gallery at the National Art Studio, Changdong
ㅇ Admission: Free
ㅇ Genre: Painting, photograph and installation

Special Events:
□ Please post your impression of this exhibition on the blog (
Selected 10 people can get two tickets for free; Indian contemporary art exhibition of "Open the Third Eye" at MoCA

Timmy Graham from USA explores the "Fourth Dimensionalism" in his oil paintings
and two Norwegian artists, Anna Daniell & Sverre Strandberg, parodies commercial contemporary
art scene through their installation work. In addition, it shows that the Korean Youngkyun Kim
develops his idea of individual who cannot help but conforming to the huge power of social system
in his photographs. These artists are short-term resident artists in the 7th residency program
2008-2009 of National Art Studio. This exhibition shows the fruits of art works created by resident
artists during residency period and short-term artists of Changdong art studio stay at the studio for
three months.

*Timmy Graham creates a new concept of "Fourth Dimensionalism" and tries to apply to oil
paintings. What is Fouth Dimensionalism? According to this artist, it is the use of actual spatial
elements for the sole purpose of creating visual imagery. Graham approaches colors scientifically,
the way a mathematician approaches numbers on the number line.

*Anna Daniell & Sverre Strandberg shows the installation "We're Only In For The Money." Two artists
assembles daily necessaries unused for arts and art materials and make a kind of sculpture. Then they
take a photography of it and displays the black/white photos with expensive wooden frame.

*Youngkyun Kim, his story begins at "the report of change of individual attitude in emotion that one
copes with social or individual obsession." Viewers can read in his photographs individuals
expressed as 'distorted self-portrait (illusion)', which means the will to try to free oneself from the
obsessive reality.

Address: 601-107 Changdong, Dobonggu,
TEL. 82 2 995 0488 FAX. 82 2 995 2638
Seoul 132-040, Korea

Getting there;
By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 or 4 and get off at the Chang-dong Station. At the outside of Exit 2, take the mini-bus line #50 and get off at Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank (at the third stop from where you get on).
By Bus: Take the bus lines # 7, 20 or 409 bound to the Beon-dong Intersection and get off at Chang-dong Branch of Korea Exchange Bank.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Artist's talk - Aimee Lee - Contemporary uses for hanji paper, April 24

From the artist:
My talk info is here and I've pasted the info below as well. It will be Friday at 7pm on the 6th floor of the Fulbright Building, (168-15 Yomni-dong, Mapo-gu - English directions are on KAEC website at ).

I know it says today (Tueday Apr 21) is the last day to RSVP, but I think it would be okay to RSVP later, or even just arrive. The RSVP is for a head count to make sure they get enough food. I doubt there will be a flood of unexpected guests b/c it looks like the weather will be rainy then. I'll be talking about my research on hanji (Korean handmade paper) and showing lots of photos and videos about making hanji and related crafts. I will also have a lot of "props" there - hanji and the like.

Fulbright Forum
7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 24, 2009
R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, April 21

The Korean-American Educational Commission warmly welcomes you our fourth Fulbright Forum of the 2008-2009 program year with Fulbright Junior Researcher Aimee Lee.

"Spider Paths on the Paper Trail: Contemporary Possibilities for Hanji"

Open to all, the Fulbright Forum serves as a periodic gathering for the Fulbright Family at large, including past and present grantees and friends of Fulbright. Please reply to Nikki Guarino ( by Tuesday, April 21 to confirm your attendance. Regrets do not need to RSVP. This month's Forum will be held at 7:00 PM sharp on Friday, April 24 in the 6th floor conference room at the KAEC Building in Mapo-gu, Seoul, with a snack reception to follow in the 3rd floor administrative offices. Please visit the KAEC website at for maps and directions.

To respect both the audience and presenters, late arrivals will not be allowed to enter after 7:05 PM.


Hanji, Korean handmade paper, has a history on the peninsula that reaches back over one thousand years. With origins in China, papermaking spread to east to Korea and then Japan, speeding the use of written materials, contributing to literate and artistic cultures, nurturing religious traditions, and becoming part of daily life. Each culture developed similar but distinct methods of making long-fibered, strong paper from the mulberry tree. Through travel to various papermills, interviews with scholars, and study with artisans, Aimee has gained greater insight into the history of hanji, its glory days as the preferred paper in East Asia, and its demise with the rise of industrialization. She now seeks glimpses of its future: its role in conservation, the arts, and everyday life. Aimee will give a brief history of the craft, show photographs and videos of how hanji is made, as well as its presence in the contemporary art world, and use material demonstrations to exhibit related crafts, such as textured paper, twisting and weaving, and natural dyeing.


Aimee Lee is a Junior Fulbright Researcher in Design and an interdisciplinary artist researching the current state of hanji, Korean handmade paper. As a papermaker, she has learned to make hanji from scratch at Jang Ji Bang, a 3rd- and 4th-generation family papermill in Gapyeong, and is currently studying with teachers of natural dyeing and paper weaving. She is affiliated FIDES International, where she is advised by B.K. Kim, and also advised by Professor Song Dae-Sup at Hongik University. She earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago and her BA in Visual Arts from Oberlin College. She has performed extensively in the United States, exhibited internationally, and is now preparing two bodies of work for three solo exhibits in the fall of 2009. For more information, please visit

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Open Studio- Goyang artists in residence exhibition, April 24-26, 2009

What: Final exhibition for artists in residence at Goyang Studio, near Ilsan, Gyeonggido. This is an international artist in residence program run by the National Museum of Contemporary Art.
When: Opening party: April 24 Friday - 6pm - 10 pm
Exhibition runs : April 24 - 26, 2009
Hours: 10 am - 6pm

Address: 655 Gwansan-dong Deokyang-gu Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do (Postal Code: 412-804)
Goyang Art Studio - TEL: (031) 962-0070, FAX: (031) 962-4470
National Museum of Contemporary Art - TEL: (02) 2188-6036/6038, FAX: (02) 2188-6121

Getting there:
By Public Transportation
Subway (bound to Seoul) :
Take Subway Line 3 and get off at the Gupabal Station. At the outside of Exit 1, take the bus #158-2, (Seat Buses) #100/909/912/922
Subway (bound to Ilsan) :
Take Subway Line 3 and get off at the Hwajeong Station. At the outside of Exit 3, take the seat bus #82/800 in front of Deokyang District Office
Bus :
- Depart from the Seoul Station/ Gwanghwamun: #158-2, (Seat bus) #912/922
- Depart from BulGwang-dong: #31/158-2, (seat bus) #100/909/912/922

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Seoul Printmaking Biennale- Seoul Museum of Art - til May 10, 2009

What: Seoul Printmaking Biennale
Where: Seoul Museum of Art
When: April 8 - May 10
Cost: adults - 700 won
Times: Weekdays 10 am - 9pm, Sat, Sun 10 am - 7pm (closed Mondays)
Website: (Korean , and some info in English):
Location: near City Hall, central Seoul. See website for transport details.

Bulgasari -monthly Experimental Arts and music at Yogiga Gallery, Hongdae

Bulgasari is a Monthly underground, experimental, improv concert at Yogiga Art Gallery.

Bulgasari is the last Sunday of every month. The concert series is free and encourages anyone to perform. The shows typically involve experimental performance art and music, and sometimes live painting. Though the musicians have usually been of the noise/psychedelic nature, Bulgasari has hosted many indie bands and singer-song writers. This is the brain child of Sato Yukie; if you are interested in performing at Bulgasari, come to the next event and talk with him.

Yogiga also has a mini record store it. It has some rare Korean and Japanese music.
Location: Hongdae, Seoul (near Hapjeong subway station (Line 2, Line 6), take exit 5)

Monday, April 13, 2009

'Varma and Tagore'- Indian exhibition at the National MoCA, Gyeonggido Apr 16 - June 7

Opening on Thursday April 16, 5pm,
a new Indian exhibition entitled "Varma and Tagore"
Where: at the National Museum of Contemporary Art,
Dates: April 17 - June 7, 2009 (closed Mondays)
Opening times:
Cost: 5,000 won
Website: (Korean):
Time: 10am to 6pm (Sat., Sun., closes at 8pm)
Where: National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea
Address: 427-701, San 58-4
(Gwangmyeong-gil 209), Makgye-dong, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do,
Republic of Korea
Tel : 82-2-2188-6000, FAX : 82-2-2188-6123,

Transport information: The museum is easily reached from central Seoul by subway. Take the light blue line #4, south to stop 437, Seoul Grand Park. Take Exit 4 and either walk through the park to the museum (about 15 minutes) or catch a shuttle bus every 20 mins (starting from 9.40 a.m.).See map below.
For bus information telephone the free Tourist Information Service on 1330.

Friday, April 10, 2009

'Mosfilm' Russian Film retrospective -til April 26, 2009, Seoul Cinematheque

What: Mosfilm Retrospective
Dates : 2009.3.31 Tue. - 4.26 Sun.
Presented by : (사)한국시네마테크협의회, 모스필름 영화사 (Mosfilm Cinema Concern)
See the cinema website for screening details.
Ticket : 일반 6,000원, 회원 4,000원, 청소년 5,000원, 노인/장애인 4,000원
Tel : 02-741-9782
Website :
Location: Seoul Cinematheque is located near Insadong, in the Nakwon Market building (see map).

KUNSTHALLE opening Sat April 11, Gangnam, Seoul


hello everybody,

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is ready to roll!
we are happy to invite you to fire it up at PLATOON KUNSTHALLE on april 11&12.
this weekend will give you a taste of what's to expect in the future.

in the showcases a series of exhibitions of the finest subcultural artists will be presented.
we are happy to feature nana, song baksa, fur/etoy corporation and brad downey as the first artists to start this promising series.

PLATOON KUNSTHALLE is also happy to announce the first crews and artists who will bring life into the studio residency containers.
park soomi, the tnt crew and junkhouse will introduce themselves and their work.

on saturday we open doors at 4pm with a bbq, a great opportunity to look around and get a feel for the space itself. from 9pm the party is on!
live performances and dj sets will heat up the night with raw and juicy sounds.

for more information on the artists and performers check

on sunday survivors of the party and everybody who could not make it on saturday is more than welcome to chill 'n' grill on our rooftop bar.

looking forward to see you to rock the block!

your PLATOON team


PLATOON KUNSTHALLE 를 좋아하고, 알고싶어하는 모든이들께 알립니다.
2009년 4월 11일을 기점으로 PLATOON KUNSTHALLE가 문을 활짝 엽니다.
꼭!!! 오셔서 PLATOON KUNSTHALLE 와 함께 재미난 culture경험을 하세요~.

11일 토요일에는 1층 showcase에서는 작은 전시회들이 열리며 옥상전망대에는정통 독일 쏘세지 BBQ가 있고 멋진 야외 bar가 열립니다.
2층 studio에서는 신예아티스트들의 작업현장이 펼쳐지고 오후 9시부터는 한국,일본,독일 에서 온 뮤지션과 독일 ,영국에서온 DJ들이 펼치는 뜨거운 오프닝 축하 열기의 파티가 시작될것입니다.
12일 일요일에는 토요일 오프닝에 미쳐 오지못한 이들과 토요일 오프닝에서 너무 노신분들을 위한 한가한 오후의 BBQ 브런치 와 와인,커피 가 옥상 전망대에 준비될 것 입니다.

아티스트들에 대하여 궁금한 점이 있으시면 을 방문 하세요.


sat, april 11
bbq and warm up drinks

live performances by soni-riot (berlin),nakion (seoul), shane berry (tokio)
djs: baya, udo lee, bada lehner

sun, april 12
1pm: chill 'n' grill brunch

Kunsthalle website:

KUNSTHALLE concept and realization:
PLATOON . cultural development
97-22, nonhyeon-dong · gangnam-gu
seoul 135-010 · south korea

Location and transport:
Closest subway: Olive green line, Hakdong station (exit 10) or Gangnamgu Office station (exit 3) and walk about 300 meters. See map. There is a Google map (in Korean) on the Kunstalle website.

Seoul New Media Festival, April, 2009, Hongdae, Seoul

Venue: IGONG, Seoul, Mapogo, Seogyodong 330-8 2F
Tel: 02 337 2870

In April featured video artists: Martha Rosler and Cecilia Condit
Screenings everyday (except Mondays) at IGONG Alternative Visual Culture factory, Hongdae from April 1 to April 15
Times: daily 3.30, 5:00, 6:30 and 8:00 (see website for details of films shown)
Films include:
Sun April 12: 5pm- Martha Rosler short videos#1 (inc. Semiotics of the kitchen), 6.30 pm Martha Rosler short videos#2, 8pm; Martha Rosler - A Simple Case for torture, or How to sleep at night.
Tue April 14 : 3pm - Martha Rosler short videos#1 (inc. Semiotics of the kitchen),5pm- Cecilia Condit short videos
Wed April 15: 5pm Martha Rosler - A Simple Case for torture, or How to sleep at night, 5pm - Cecilia Condit short videos,
8pm - Martha Rosler short videos#2

Location: IGONG Alternative Visual Culture factory, is in Hongdae. They offer screenings, workshops and a free video archive.
Closest subway, Line 2 Hongik University subway station - Exit 4, then 6 min walk (see map)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Art Opening- Kring Gallery, Gangnam, Seoul - April 3 - 30

Kring Gallery, Gangnam is having an opening tonight, Friday April 3. Come see the show, "new influences" or just to marvel at the awesome architecture.

Address: Creative Culture Space Kring, Seoul, Gangnamgu, Daechidong 968-3 (near the Porsche dealership)
Tel: 02 557 8898
Website (Korean only) :

Gallery hours: Tue - Sat: 10 am - 7pm, Sun 10 - 6pm

Public Transport: Subway: Line 2 Samseong station, exit 3, 200m walk.
Bus: 143, 363, 2413, 3422 - get off at Samseong station.
Call 1330 Tourist information (press 2 for English) for more transport details

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

VIAF Arts Festival, Yeouido , Seoul, April 8 - 12, 2009 - schedule in English

The VIAF (Various Integrated Arts Festival ) is being held as part of the Cherry Blossom festival on Yeouido from April 8 - 12. Every day from 1pm to 10pm there will be various free international art and entertainment performances at the stages set up on the street in front of the Korean National Assembly building on Yeouido.
Some schedule highlights:
*Wed Apr 8 - various opening performances from 1pm to 6pm, Stage Y. At 8pm "Pour Tarantella a venir" Stage A

*Thur Apr 9 - Time: 3pm 'Amaru' - comedy juggling - Road stage #1, 8pm "Oikado Ichiro - The kappa" at Road 1.

*Fri Apr 10 - Time: 3pm 'Solmaru - Na', and Artism - 'Flower Power' (Penny Thompson) at Road 2 (near parking space 74)

*Sat Apr 11 - Time: 12pm, 2pm, 4pm - Melissa Wyman and Seoul Art Collective "Spring Play' at Road 2, 3pm - Artism (Penny Thompson) 'Flower Power' at Road 2 (parking space 74)

*Sun Apr 12 - Time: 3pm - KoPAS 'The giving trees' at Road 1, 7pm - Paopaodo at Stage A
See the festival website for more information (Korean only)
The full schedule in English is below as JPEG files, please click to enlarge or print.


Public transport to the 2009 VIA Festival. See the subway directions below or call the travel information line (1330, press 2 for English) for more information and for directions to the festival.
Note: Please expect very large crowds on the weekend and allow extra time for travelling.

☞Period: April 8, 2009 (Wed) ~ April 12, 2009 (Sunday)

☞Location: Yeouido Park and Yeouiseo-ro areas (on the road in front of the National Assembly building )

☞Transportation: Exit #4, subway line 2, Dangsan station, 15min walk / Exit #1~3, Yeouinaru station, subway line 5, 20min walk / Exit #1, Yeouido station, subway line 5, 25min walk